Got our annual early December permits, but this time for 3 days. Saturday, work beckoned and unfortunately we didn't leave till noon. O well, no stress! We arrived at the east trail head and bundled up a bit as the sun went down. After a beautiful crafted beverage, we decided to take a night hike up Turkey Creek. Spooky
Didn't make it to the ruins, but enjoyed it thoroughly. After a bit we sent up camp in the bed of my truck and
Day 2 started as two kids in a candy store. The east entrance is pretty amazing. We shot a few scenes to get into the flow of things and headed towards the Hell Hole Canyon area. Only saw 4 people, as is the average this time of year, and we were informed by one gentleman that this is indeed the entrance to Hell Hole Canyon. These canyons are so deceiving, they always seem , well, blah at first. As promised though, it tightens up and becomes another Arizona gem few people will see. Its pretty amazing and would highly recommend taking half the day to explore the canyon to the springs. Fern Gully is the only way I can explain it. It's quite the contrast to the views on the way in. We headed back out and clouds rolled in and we both attempted photography, but the light never happened. That night at camp was classic Aravaipa, Joel and I debating, talking life, and all that it ensues. Of course creek side with a Victory at Sea imperial Porter by Ballast Point, under the glowing moon. It always delivers.
6 am or so on day 3 I said, "Joel, I think its raining". "Ehhh" or something was the reply and this started to rainy rainy day we never anticipated. 20% turned to 100% all day fast! We headed down stream a mile or 2, snapped a few and flew on out of there. If you have 2WD at the east entrance, leave before the snow or downpours roll in, it gets ugly. Another trip to Aravaipa in the books!